More vehicles are being recalled from Fiat Chrysler Automoblies (FCA), with over 500,000 Jeep Wranglers being recalled around the global, due to airbag issues. Oddly enough, this airbag issue is not related to Takata.
The recall affects Wranglers from 2007 to 2016, and is connected to defective clockspring assemblies, and other components connected to this. Located in the steering wheel, the assembly links to a circuit that panels the airbag when needed.
FCA launched an investigation that provided some interesting insight. It seems that additional dust and dirt has lodged into the clockspring, making it difficult for the airbag to deploy in the event of a crash. The dust and dirt issues around this enhanced in areas where the vehicle is driven without its doors, or in areas where debris levels increase due to dirt or dust coming into the cabin.
MSN reported that an initial warning sign of the clockspring assembly issue occurs when the airbag warning light comes on, and car owners are being advised to contact their dealer immediately, if this occurs. While there are no known injuries due to this airbag malfunction, the company is taking all precautionary steps needed to rectify the situation. As such, FCA will reach out to clients to talk about booking a service appointment, which will include a thorough cleaning of the assembly, and placing a new steering wheel backing, as well as shroud in the vehicle.
The recall seems to affect American Jeep Wranglers the most, with close to 400,000 vehicles being recalled, with model years 2007 to 2010 being affected. There are over 35,000 Wranglers in Canada being recalled; over 8,000 in Mexico; and the remainder of Wranglers affected by the recall reside outside of these three countries.
Concerned Jeep Wrangler clients can call their Customer Care line at 1-800-853-1403, with any questions or concerns about this, or any FCA recall.